News for Thursday, March 8, 2012

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11 indicted on murder charges in 4 separate cases

Those indicted include suspects in Duluth Aldi stabbing, Snellville party shooting

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5K at Coolray to benefit 4-year-old with leukemia

Original beneficiary, Dacula youngster Ansley Arnette, passed away in November

Murder suspect arrested at Duluth school

DeKalb murder suspect arrested trying to pick up his son from a Duluth school.

Police searching for suspect in CVS murder

27-year-old shot during apparent robbery outside pharmacy, died two days later

Loganville church paves way to help homeless, hungry

LOGANVILLE -- On Thursday, First Baptist Church youth pastor Wayne Naugle was granted permission by city council members to make changes to his church's campus to accommodate the growing number of hungry and homeless families in the area. Naugle asked the city to grant a special-use permit that would

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Records: Buford man charged in sister’s killing has long grappled with mental illness

Dennis Puckett, accused of killing his sister Wednesday in Buford, has a documented history of violence and mental illness.

County gets state help in funding Sugarloaf Parkway work

State funds help pay for final stretch of the Sugarloaf Parkway extension, currently under construction to connect to Ga. Highway 316 in Dacula.

Buford Sunday sales begin March 18, Gwinnett in June

After Tuesday's vote to allow package sales on Sundays, grocery stores will be allowed to sell beer and wine seven days a week next week in Buford, although the ones in unincorporated Gwinnett must wait until June.

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Police: Theft suspect lives many lies

Duluth police believe theft and vandalism suspect has been living in a web of lies.

Ga. Senate tables school voucher expansion bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- A bill revived from last session that would expand Georgia's school voucher program to include military families and foster care children has been tabled by GOP lawmakers in the waning hours of Crossover Day.. Senate Bill 87 would use taxpayer money to give students the option of

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Hero pit bull from Lawrenceville up for national award

Pit bull known as "Titan" alerted Lawrenceville man to his wife after she had an aneurysm

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Suwanee's McGinnis Reserve nearly immune to housing downturn

McGinnis Reserve, a 170-lot development, was built in 2007 but has largely avoided the overall housing slump thanks to its location, schools and Suwanee's appeal.

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Man charged with murder with cannon-like device

EL CAJON, Calif. -- A San Diego County man who allegedly ignited a homemade cannon that exploded and killed his live-in girlfriend was charged with murder on Thursday.. Prosecutors said Richard Fox was drinking with his girlfriend and friends Tuesday at the home in Potrero, a tiny rural community

Michigan slow to crack down on big lottery winners

DETROIT -- Michigan lawmakers last year vowed to crack down when they heard an $850,000 lottery winner was buying groceries with food stamps. Now comes news of another lucky player getting food on the public dime -- and the Legislature still hasn't passed a law to easily detect and clamp

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Tulsa suspect's brother killed by police in '05

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Authorities were investigating Thursday whether the suspected gunman in a shootout near a Tulsa courthouse was trying to commit "suicide by cop" when he drew fire from sheriff's deputies, and they confirmed his brother was shot and killed in 2005 by police officers seeking to question him

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Buford to face Lovett for third time chasing fourth title

Buford to face Lovett for third time chasing fourth title

Dream re-signs 2 key starters from East champs

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Dream is bringing back two key starters from the team that has won back-to-back Eastern Conference titles in the WNBA.. The Dream announced Thursday that center Erika de Souza and guard Armintie Price have re-signed multi-year deals. Terms were not released.. De

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North falls to Rodrigo, Hillgrove 56-61

North Gwinnett falls to Hillgrove in state semifinals

PREP ROUNDUP: Peachtree Ridge beats South 1-0 in 9 innings

Thursday's high school sports recaps

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Hokies hand Smith, Clemson disappointing ending

Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg patted Tanner Smith on the shoulder and offered a few consoling words.

Loganville church paves way to help homeless, hungry

LOGANVILLE -- On Thursday, First Baptist Church youth pastor Wayne Naugle was granted permission by city council members to make changes to his church's campus to accommodate the growing number of hungry and homeless families in the area. Naugle asked the city to grant a special-use permit that would

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Hero pit bull from Lawrenceville up for national award

Pit bull known as "Titan" alerted Lawrenceville man to his wife after she had an aneurysm

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5K at Coolray to benefit 4-year-old with leukemia

Original beneficiary, Dacula youngster Ansley Arnette, passed away in November

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ROBINSON: A field of hawks

Unless Ron Paul somehow wins the nomination, it looks as if a vote for the Republican presidential candidate this fall will be a vote for war with Iran.

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Darrell Huckaby: Grand memories of birthdays gone by

This weekend I will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of my 10th birthday.

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MCCULLOUGH: Hoping for a bloody good time at horror convention

My plan this weekend is a simple one: Meet a former wrestling star, some zombies, a masked serial killer (and one of his victims), an alien, a mad scientist and Gary Busey.

LSU tops Arkansas in SEC tourney opener

Johnny O'Bryant scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping LSU pull away for a 70-54 victory over Arkansas in the opening game of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Alabama beats South Carolina

Trevor Lacey scored 15 points, JaMychal Green added 12 and Alabama played lockdown defense in the final six minutes to beat South Carolina 63-57 in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.

Falcons re-sign backup running back Snelling

The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed backup running back Jason Snelling.

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BISHER: How Butch became Butch

A look at the Harmons of golf

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Trump has 'monster' plans for Doral course

Donald Trump bought the famous golf resort outside Miami for $150 million and said Thursday he plans to invest more than $200 million to revamp the Blue Monster championship course.

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Scott, Dufner tied for Doral lead

Playing only his sixth round of the year, Adam Scott faced a strong test Thursday at Doral and never looked better.

ACC NOTES: Virginia loses Brogdon to broken foot

As the No. 4 seed, Virginia doesn't have its first game in the ACC Tournament at Philips Arena until today.

ACC ROUNDUP: Howell, Brown enjoy ACC trip home

It's one down and hopeful a couple of more wins to come for Richard Howell as he and North Carolina State teammate Lorenzo Brown try to parlay a trip home for the ACC Tournament into a NCAA Tournament bid.

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Williams wins Olympic weightlifting national title

Caleb Williams set an American record in the clean and jerk.

Duluth to host powerlifting state championship

Duluth High School will host the Georgia High School Powerlifting state championship.

Minor pitches three scoreless in Braves' 2-1 loss

The Atlanta Braves have started off their exhibition season horribly, and manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't liking it.

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Getting to Know ... Craig Brisson

Craig Bisson, 24, is the head freshman baseball coach at Mill Creek. The Parkview graduate joined the Mill Creek staff this year after graduating from North Georgia College and State University.

Police searching for suspect in CVS murder

27-year-old shot during apparent robbery outside pharmacy, died two days later

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Norcross girls fall in AAAAA Final Four

Two-time defending champs fall just short against nationally ranked McEachern

County gets state help in funding Sugarloaf Parkway work

State funds help pay for final stretch of the Sugarloaf Parkway extension, currently under construction to connect to Ga. Highway 316 in Dacula.

Murder suspect arrested at Duluth school

DeKalb murder suspect arrested trying to pick up his son from a Duluth school.

11 indicted on murder charges in 4 separate cases

Those indicted include suspects in Duluth Aldi stabbing, Snellville party shooting

Ga. tax revenues continue upswing in February

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal reports that the state's overall tax collections are on the rise for the second month in a row.. The figures released Thursday show net tax collections for the month of February totaled $765 million, an increase of $50 million or 7 percent compared to February

Wells Fargo to charge $7 monthly fee for checking

Wells Fargo customers in six states who had free checking accounts will pay $7 a month starting in May.

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Coke, Pepsi make changes to avoid cancer warning

Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens bear a cancer warning label.

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THE DISH: Bravo Mexican Grill

The restaurant offers fresh food as reasonable prices at a speedy pace.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'In Darkness' a powerful Holocaust tale told ineffectively

Michael Clark reviews a nominee for Best Foreign Language feature at the most recent Academy Awards, "In Darkness."

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FILM FANS: 'Act of Valor' sparks patriotism with active Navy SEALs

Local residents review the movie of the week, "Act of Valor."

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MOVIE REVIEW: 'John Carter' flawed but still very fun

Michael Clark gives Disney's "John Carter" three out of four stars.

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DISC SPOTLIGHT: 'The Skin I Live In'

Michael Clark spotlights Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" on Blu-ray.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Friends With Kids' offers a fresh, funny take on having children

According to movie critic Michael Clark, "Friends with Kids" will hit a major chord with Generation X and Y couples.

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ART BEAT: Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival prepares for an exciting event

The annual event returns to Duluth's Town Greene on May 4 to 6.

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Rock band holds private show at 37 Main on Saturday

Shinedown performs Saturday to promote Project 9-6-1's Cinco Party in May.

HGTV star to appraise items in Norcross

HGTV's Selma Paul will be at Norcross' Antique Road Show on March 10.

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MOVIE TRIVIA CONTEST: Test your film knowledge with movie critic Michael Clark

Test your film knowledge with Michael Clark's weekly movie trivia contest.

Buford Sunday sales begin March 18, Gwinnett in June

After Tuesday's vote to allow package sales on Sundays, grocery stores will be allowed to sell beer and wine seven days a week next week in Buford, although the ones in unincorporated Gwinnett must wait until June.

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Records: Buford man charged in sister’s killing has long grappled with mental illness

Dennis Puckett, accused of killing his sister Wednesday in Buford, has a documented history of violence and mental illness.

Pizza delivery drivers help police nab suspects

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) -- Co-workers are calling the pair of pizza delivery drivers Starsky and Hutch, the undercover officers in the old TV police drama.. The Pizza Hut drivers earned the nickname after police say they helped capture three suspects after their store in Marietta was robbed Wednesday night

Welfare recipients could face drug tests in Ga.

ATLANTA (AP) -- People seeking welfare benefits in Georgia would face drug tests before getting cash under separate bills backed by House and Senate lawmakers.. The House of Representatives voted 114-59 on Wednesday to require that people seeking welfare payments pass a drug test. The Senate approved similar legislation by

Train carrying methanol derails in Abbeville

ABBEVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- CSX railroad says one of its trains has derailed in Abbeville, and one of the overturned cars is carrying methanol.. The derailment occurred around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and CSX spokesman Gary Sease said there is no indication of any leak from the car and no injuries

Ga. Senate OKs bill banning some mass picketing

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that would make some types of mass picketing illegal.. The bill passed Wednesday night by a vote of 34-18 over opposition from Democrats and labor groups. Sen. Don Balfour, the bill's sponsor, says the legislation does not affect free speech rights

Ga. Senate tables school voucher expansion bill

ATLANTA (AP) -- A bill revived from last session that would expand Georgia's school voucher program to include military families and foster care children has been tabled by GOP lawmakers in the waning hours of Crossover Day.. Senate Bill 87 would use taxpayer money to give students the option of

Gainesville man dies in four-wheeler accident

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) -- A Gainesville man has died after an accident involving a four-wheeler recreational vehicle.. Authorities say 20-year-old Christopher Black was riding a 2001 Yamaha Warrior on Cooper Bridge Road about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.. Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright said the vehicle left the

Ted Turner donates $1 million to help gorilla fund

ATLANTA (AP) -- Media pioneer Ted Turner has donated $1 million to a fund that helps save endangered gorillas in eastern Congo.. Turner announced in a statement Wednesday night that his contributions will go to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, an Atlanta-based organization.. Clare Richardson, the CEO of

Senate OKs bill requiring training for food stamps

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has passed legislation that requires food stamp recipients to earn their GED, pursue technical education, attend self-development classes or enroll in adult literacy classes.. The bill was approved by a vote of 40-14. Among those who would be exempt: People under 16 or

Frank McKinney

Mr. Frank B. McKinney, age 87, of Flowery Branch, passed away Tuesday, March 06, 2012. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia 30542 is in charge ...

William F. Cummins III

William F. Cummins III, age 79, formerly a resident of Fort Bragg, CA, died February 29, 2012 in Decatur, Georgia. Bill was born Nov. 20, 1932 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, the ...

Mark Dalton

Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Mark Charles Henry “C.H.” Dalton Sr., age 47, of Homer, who passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Arrangements by ...

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Brenda Bigham

Brenda R. Bigham, 67, of Duluth, GA, died March 6, 2012. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 10th, at Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home ...

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Max Butler

Max E Butler, resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia for the past 20 years passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his wife of 65 ...

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Patricia Pendley

Mrs. Patricia Weathers Pendley, age 63, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Pendley. She is survived by ...

James Hooks

James O. “Jim” Hooks, age 79 of Loganville, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770 962-3100. www.stewartfh.com

Michael Wilson

Michael George Wilson, age 53, of Flowery Branch, GA passed away on March 6, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford ...

Ronald Wilson

Ronald Loyd Wilson, age 66, of Stone Mountain, GA, passed away March 4, 2012. Arrangements by Wages & Sons Stone Mountain Chapel, 770-469-9811. www.wagesandsons.com

Richard Glander

Richard John Glander, age 78, of Braselton, GA passed away on March 6, 2012. Services and Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of Buford, GA ...

C.T. Davis

C.T. Davis, age 77, of Conyers, GA passed away March 6, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Loganville Chapel, 770-466-1544. www.stewartfh.com

Andrew "Jack" Watson Sr

Andrew Jackson “Jack” Watson, Sr., age 84 of Snellville, passed away Monday, March 5, 2012. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, Lawrenceville Chapel, 770 962-3100. www.stewartfh.com